Greenpeace is calling Europeans to cut their meat and milk consumption in the coming years to help fight climate breakdown.
The organization maintains the calculation of a decrease in consumption to 24kg per individual each year by 2030, and further to 16kg per individual each year by 2050, relies on amounts that scientists state would guarantee food safety while maintaining global warming under 1.5°C.
“Globally to restrain the present ecological crisis we’re facing, we’d have to cut half before 2050,” Sini Eräjää, Agriculture and forest campaigner in the Greenpeace European Unit informed Euronews.
“But in Europe, since we have more internationally, we’d have to cut more”
Greenpeace wants people to consume no more than 300 g of beef per week by 2050.
“The science is overwhelming in this point — overconsumption of milk and meat is wrecking woods, crushing character and heating the world,” explained Eräjää.
“The Commission would like to speak about ensuring healthful, affordable food produced sustainably? Fantastic concept, but this means it is time to speak about reducing meat”
When challenged on if that would imply that the collapse of the agricultural sector and all of the jobs and livelihoods connected to it, Eräjää maintained: “We’ll need more than healthy food manufacturing”.
“Decision-makers are talking the most common agricultural policy. We’re calling on them to make sure farmers have the help that they need for the huge transitions that we will need to make. We’ve got a good deal of cash entering the agricultural industry and that should be utilized to encourage the transition that we require.”